Ottery campaign group voices Sainsbury's fears

PUBLISHED: 13:01 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

SAINSBURY S plans for Ottery will lead to shop closures and traffic chaos according to a campaign group in the town.

SAINSBURY'S plans for Ottery will lead to shop closures and traffic chaos according to a campaign group in the town.

Sustainable Ottery (SO) said it is "gravely concerned" by the supermarket giant's potential impact which could "spell disaster for the character of Ottery" and kill off businesses placed in direct competition with it.

SO member Phil Foggit said: "Do we really want to lose our local butchers, greengrocers, bakers, deli, and newsagents - in other words, the shops that stock local produce, deliver to elderly people in the town- only to replace them with a huge, characterless supermarket?"

The group is also concerned by the traffic implications of the proposed Hind Street store saying Sainsbury's has "underestimated" its claims that 100 cars would visit the store in 'peak' hours.

SO member Helen Collinson said: "Even now there are frequently traffic queues along Hind Street. A Sainsbury store on this street would create gridlock. That would cause disruption and delays to Ottery residents and increase pollution levels in the town centre."

SO also claims residents are being "hoodwinked" over free car parking and said an increase from 90 to 157 spaces may not be big enough to serve the store, ultimately restricting parking in the town.


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